Changing Practices in Data Publications Workshop

December 3, 2014
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Capital Hilton, 1001 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC
South American Room

  AIBS is hosting two meetings, same location, on key topics in biology:

An audio recording of the workshop is available here. Note: the recording includes all presentations and discussion, except that the presentations of Michael Stebbins and Amy Friedlander on the first panel were not recorded at their request.

A Synthesis Report from the workshop is available here. Comments on the report are invited and should be addressed to Tim Beardsley, Editorial Director of AIBS Publications, at

Event's Agenda and Registration

Click here to read the moderators' and panelists' biographies.

8:00Registration, Coffee, and Pastries

8:30 - 8:40Introduction
Richard O'Grady, Executive Director, American Institute of Biological Sciences

8:40 - 10:00Panel 1: Federal and National Overview

Moderator: Paul Uhlir, National Academy of Sciences

Michael J. Stebbins, Office of Science and Technology Policy
Eric Fischer, Congressional Research Service
Amy Friedlander, National Science Foundation
Dina Paltoo, National Institutes of Health

Panel to present status of knowledge and explore:
  • Data access and science: how can increasing access increase scientific discovery and innovation?
10:00 - 10:20Coffee Break

10:20 - 12:15Panel 2: Publishers/Librarians

Moderator: Steward Pickett, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

David Crotty, Oxford University Press and Clearinghouse for Open Research for the United States (CHORUS)
Monica Bradford, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Science
Susan Skomal, BioOne
John Vaughn, Association of American Universities
Laurie Goodman, GigaScience
Carly Strasser, California Digital Library

Panel to present status of knowledge and explore:
  • State of affairs: what data are now being published? When should journals host data themselves, and when should they require deposition in a repository? The new PLoS policy, new "data only" journals. Concerns (extra workload and storage capability; Editors' knowledge of technical feasibility and expertise on interoperability; necessity for identifiers and other requirements discouraging contributors) and opportunities (greater use of published content and greater scientific integrity, more incentive to publish negative results).
  • What do publishers need from government, scientific community? How are exceptions to data publication mandates to be confirmed? How is the adequacy of metadata to be defined?
  • Are there financial concerns or opportunities? Are there legal concerns in terms of liability and copyright?
12:15 - 1:00Lunch (provided)

1:00 - 2:35Panel 3: Scientific Societies and Journals

Moderator: Charles B. Fenster, University of Maryland

Tracey Depellegrin, Executive Editor, Genetics
Amy McPherson, director of publications, Botanical Society of America
Philip Matsumura, Editor, Genome Announcements
Mark McPeek, Rep. to Dryad, American Naturalist
Jeff Conner, Handling Editor, Evolution
Cliff Duke, Ecological Society of America

Panel to present status of knowledge and explore:
  • What do scientists need to move toward more data publication? How are data to be discovered?
  • How is professional credit to be conferred and recognized? How do researchers ensure they have expertise to ensure interoperability of their data formats? What do researchers need in terms of technical training and help?
  • What are the concerns (e.g. ensuring data are not misused; could there be legal liabilities; how is work involved in providing metadata to be done)?
2:35 - 2:50Refreshment Break

2:50 - 4:20Panel 4: Data Services / Providers

Moderator: Judy Skog, National Science Foundation

Chuck Fox, DRYAD
Bill Michener, DataONE (and DRYAD)
Larry Page, IDigBio
Robert Waide, Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network
Hank Bart, FishNET, VertNET
Chuck Wilson, Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)

Panel to present status of knowledge and explore:

  • How are complex data challenges being addressed (or not)?
  • How is usage reported?
  • Are people participating?
  • How is discovery facilitated?
  • What are the obstacles that could prevent wider publication of data?
  • Who is going to pay for the expanded infrastructure that will be needed?
  • What steps could overcome these obstacles?
4:20 - 5:00General Discussion
What comes next?
Are there consensus concerns that have arisen?
Is there a need for another discussion, a model plan? Are there volunteers to contribute to a report for NSF?
What should a working group attempt?


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